Beware the Angry Delivery Man from Dragon Gate by Phoenix

I just posted this review on Yelp about Dragon Gate by Phoenix.

“My colleagues and I have ordered from Dragon Gate quite a few times since they deliver to our office.  However, after today’s experience, I don’t think I will ever order from them again.

The first time we ordered, I volunteered to call.  I guess Dragon Gate decided to save my name and extension as the permanent contact for our company.

We never had problems with this restaurant in the past.  We actually thought the food was decent, portions were big, prices were reasonable, and wait was never long.

Just a while ago, I got a phone call on my extension.  I barely said hello before the man on the other line said loudly and rudely, “Delivery! I am locked out! You locked me out!”

Um, OK.  I didn’t order delivery, but I decided to go and open the door for him (we don’t have a receptionist at the moment).  I figured the customer’s name would be on the ticket.  Anyway, I opened the door, and he immediately said, “$15.02!” I asked to look at the name on the ticket.  I was surprised to see it was MY name…misspelled.

I said that I was the person on the ticket, but I didn’t order and the info must’ve been saved from the last time I called.  He gave an exasperated sigh and said “I’m very busy! I have so  many deliveries this afternoon. I don’t have time for this!” I invited him to wait AT THE ENTRANCE while I figured out who had ordered.

Well, the delivery man pushed his way in, walked into our office, and started yelling (I kid you not), “WHO ORDERED FOOD? DELIVERY! WHO ORDERED FOOD?” I told him to please wait while I found out.  He kept yelling, and EVERYONE was standing up looking over their cubicle walls in confusion at this frazzled delivery man.  Finally, I found the person who had ordered from Dragon Gate.  She went to deal with him, but it turned out it wasn’t her order.

I’m not sure what happened, but the delivery man left in a huff.

I know this is just one instance out of the several times we have ordered.  But I don’t want to risk getting this man again.

Today’s fiasco created some laughs, but it was pretty embarrassing considering we had an interviewee in the office at the time.  Let’s hope Dragon Gate holds an employee etiquette course because the man’s behavior was not professional one bit.”

Pugapalooza 2012 was a success!

OMG, never have I seen so many pugs in one place! Yesterday was insane.  We went to Austin Canine Central for Pugapalooza.  I did not expect to meet so many pugs and pug owners.  It was great.  I was really hoping for Mac (my dog) to meet other furry friends since he hasn’t had the chance to socialize much since we moved here, but he kept running from other dogs and jumping into people’s laps.

There were fat pugs, thin pugs, old pugs, young pugs, fawn pugs, black pugs, puggles (pug/beagle mixes), chugs (chihuahua pug mixes), and even other non-pug dogs!

The costume contest was super cute.  I didn’t get too many clear pictures since none of the contestants would stay still long enough, but here’s one shot I got of “Willie Nelson”.  He had the best costume in my opinion.

Mac was pooped!

Chuck (the black pug) meeting a non-pug friend
Although Chuck doesn't have use of all four legs, he sure is a quick one! He's up for adoption.

Here's Old Boy. He's about 12 YO, slightly blind and deaf. He's such a sweetheart!

Pugs sure love treats!

PUGAPALOOZA 2012, BABY!

I cannot wait for this upcoming weekend.  Not because I don’t have to work (well, that’s part of the reason), but because the Pug Rescue of Austin is holding Pugapalooza!

What is Pugapalooza? According to the Pug Rescue of Austin’s website, it is a “family-friendly event [that] will dwarf any SXSW event!” There will be a live band, pizza, drinks, and I will personally bake brownies.  You can even dress up your pug in rock-n-roll attire or as your favorite musician and enter him/her in the costume contest.  How cute will that be?

And if you’re one of those judgmental few who think it’s ridiculous to dress up your pets, then keep quiet for this one day because this is all for a GREAT cause.  The proceeds will go towards helping out the “orphans” of the Pug Rescue of Austin.  This organization would not be able to pay for all the neutering/spaying, medication, check-ups, etc. without generous donations from the community.

So, come out and enjoy live music, eat yummy food, and meet other pug-loving friends!

See YOU Saturday, March 24th from 1 – 3 pm at Austin Canine Central!

Buca di Beppo

My aunt, uncle, and cousins came up from Houston for Spring Break.  We went to Buca di Beppo for lunch.  Although this restaurant isn’t unique to Austin, I was pretty sure they would like it.  Italian is always a good choice when you go with a group of people because there are so many different types of dishes to cater to everyone’s tastes.

I thought Buca only served family-style meals, but it turns out that they serve individual entrees during lunch.  We still ended up ordering off of the family-style menu.  For this, there are two options: small-sized portions (recommended for 2 people) and large (recommended for 4). We ordered a small salad and three small entrees thinking it would be just right for the six of us.  We ended up with a lot of leftovers!

I was pleased with all of the dishes.  My aunt and uncle also ordered a cup of the Italian sausage soup.  They both really liked that.

I’m actually really looking forward to eating the leftovers later since I was quite satisfied with our meal.  Take a look at the pictures:

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Chopped Antipasto Salad - "Diced pepperoni, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, provolone, feta and Gorgonzola cheeses, tossed with our fresh lettuce blend in our signature Italian vinaigrette."

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Penne San Remo - "Tender chicken breast, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and peas tossed with imported Italian penne pasta in a white wine cream sauce."

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Supremo Italiano - "Our heartiest offering – chunks of ground beef and spicy Italian sausage mixed with strips of pepperoni, bell peppers and onions, all on top of red sauce and cheese."

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Baked Rigatoni - "Our rich meat sauce and spicy Italian sausage tossed with imported Italian rigatoni and lots of mozzarella. Topped with Parmesan and dollops of ricotta cheese then baked to golden perfection."

Painting with a Twist

This past week, my company organized a Painting with a Twist event.  You might be asking, “What is Painting with a Twist?”  Basically, you attend an art class held at any Painting with a Twist location and paint (duh)! They provide all the materials — canvas, acrylic paints, aprons, etc.  The twist is that you can B.Y.O.B.!

It’s $35 per person for a 2-hr painting, $45 for a 3-hr one.  My colleagues and I did a 3-hour painting of the 360/Pennybacker Bridge since our office is located right by it.

Frankly, I lack any artistic ability and was a little doubtful of how my painting would turn out.  But I must say I was impressed with my final product! The instructors were super nice and walked you step by step through the process.  I really appreciated the fact that they did not tell you how your painting was supposed to look. If you wanted to paint your sky red instead of blue, that was fine.

I definitely would like to go again.  They offer so many different paintings…you can even bring in a photo of your pet and paint that!

Take a peek at my pictures below.

Step 1

We all started off with a blank canvas, of course.

Step 2

Then, we were instructed to paint the sky and water.

Step 3

After that, we painted in waves, the shadow of the bridge, the grassy bank, hills, and clouds.

Step 3

Next, we painted in the rocks and foliage.

Step 5

Finally, we painted in the bridge! Not too shabby, right?

Michaels Sells Jewelry Hangers!

Do you hate when your necklace chains get tangled? Or when you can only find one of your earrings? Do you find it annoying to dig through a jewelry box for the perfect accessory to match your outfit?

That sort of thing drives me nuts! I’m so notorious for being a neat freak that complete strangers have come up to me and asked, “So, how long have you been suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder?” or “Have you seen the show ‘Monk’?”  I guess my anality is just that obvious.

Anyway, I was super happy when my husband got me a jewelry hanger for Christmas.  I could finally organize all my necklaces and earrings.  I loved it so much that I actually went out and got another one tonight.

Michaels surprisingly has very affordable jewelry organizers.  The hangers pictured below were only $7.99 each.  I paid $5.19 (inc. tax) because I had a 40% off coupon.

Jewelry Hangers

Left: necklaces and bracelets; Right: more bracelets and earrings

My only wish is that they were a little taller, so my necklaces could hang better…and that they had a place for studs.  But they do the job for my dangly earrings.